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The Newbie’s Guide to Staying Under the RADAR of the NSA


Some people are really paranoid about being watched by Big Brother.  There are ways to minimize your susceptibility to being monitored.  But, as in the cartoon “Spy vs Spy,” there are always counter-counter-countermeasures being developed.  Dan Stucky makes some good … Continue reading

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Capture and Rape Fantasies in Human Historical Imagery


 I have found an article sure to provoke a firestorm of commentary (and already has).  I had recently commented on the recent spate of sex crimes in the US military.  I don’t think it’s just an American issue, rather it … Continue reading

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Privacy In the Age of Data Mining


From the book: “1984” by George Orwell (June, 1949).  A book of science fantasy whose time has come only 60 years after publication.  We thought, long ago, that the world of Winston Smith was a vision of a world that … Continue reading

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Carlos Drummond de Andrade – José


And now, José? the party’s over, the light is out, the people have gone, the night has chilled, and now, José? and now, you? you who are nameless, who scoffs at others you who versifies, who loves, protests? and now, … Continue reading

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Protolanguage Pronunciation Re-creation


Interesting notion, recapturing the sound of a proto-language.  I’m familiar with a few romance languages and a couple of norse/germanic languages and am always surprised how languages change.  There are languages, dialects, patois, and pidgins sometimes barely intelligible from village … Continue reading

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Love: Real or Better Living Through Chemistry?


From the first time I was on an amusement park roller coaster I could sense that the sensation in my levi’s was out of the ordinary.  As I grew older the scent of jasmine and femininity intertwined in my mind … Continue reading

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Why Critical Thinking Can Be So Difficult


In the world we see differences between cultures through the lens of our own cultural formation.  We are subject to biases against practices we do not observe in our own universe of experience.  We have to leave to leave the … Continue reading

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The Wandering Roma: A Historical Snapshot


The much maligned Roma (Cigano, Traveler, Tzigane, etc) are seen the world over.  While traveling in Guatemala in the 1990’s I decided to get off  the chicken bus in Chichicastenango for a few days and rent an actual hotel room … Continue reading

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The Battle Over Austerity: Where Is It Going?


 November 14th was a date for Europeans to get some attention for the condition of society on the other side of the Atlantic.  For many Americans Europe might as well be on the other side of the planet instead of … Continue reading

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I am a Christian because it is the one true religion


NOT! It has long been a mystery to me how the leading proponents of conservatism so closely align themselves with religious fundamentalists and “cognitive dissonance” of belief.  There are many intellectuals of the right who are, perhaps, deists, Manicheans, Christians, Jews, … Continue reading

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